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EMBO Practical Course

High-throughput protein production and crystallization

06 – 14 July 2017 | Harwell, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 March 2017
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 31 March 2017
  • Payment Deadline
  • 01 June 2017

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About the Practical Course

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The study of proteins is a key aspect of the drug design process. This work is underpinned by both functional assays and structural studies, and for these to take place, there is a need for large amounts of pure, stable and well-behaved protein. At the SGC in Oxford we have extensive experience in production of soluble and membrane proteins and importantly we work exclusively with human proteins, the actual targets for drugs. We have produced over 550 soluble proteins and 30 membrane proteins, leading to over 1000 structures. This includes 6 structures of human membrane proteins, the most challenging targets.

This EMBO Practical Course is a continuation of the EMBO Practical Course in High-throughput Protein Production and Crystallization, organized in Marseille and Oxford since 2005. New speakers, themes and hands on practical sessions will be included, provided by SGC Principal Investigators with extensive experience in protein production and structural biology and leading scientists in academia and industry from around the world. The students will learn how to apply HTP, parallel techniques to their own target protein(s) to speed up the screening and production process, and most importantly, transfer the skills and knowledge to their own institutions.

About EMBO Courses and Workshops

EMBO Courses and Workshops are selected for their excellent scientific quality and timelines, provision of good networking activities for all participants and speaker gender diversity (at least 40% of speakers must be from the underrepresented gender).

Organisers are encouraged to implement measures to make the meeting environmentally more sustainable.







  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 March 2017
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 31 March 2017
  • Payment Deadline
  • 01 June 2017



Registration includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Course materials


Payment information will be sent to applicants by email.

Selection criteria

The participants of the course will be mainly PhD students and early career scientists and post-docs. One or two experienced staff acting as core facility manager may be selected.

The main criteria will be the motivation of the participants to introduce high-throughput methods successfully in their current research activities, i.e. working on a large number of proteins or variants or working on challenging proteins such as membrane proteins or protein complexes.

Priority will be given to applicants whose projects are most relevant to the objectives of the course to maximize the benefit for both themselves and their research groups.

For applications to be successful, applicants must complete the application page as well as submit a short CV, a motivation letter and a letter of support from their supervisor or another senior co-worker.

Poster specifications

Dimensions of poster boards are: 100 (width) x 150 (length) cm

Travel grants

A limited number of travel grants are available for participants. Applicants do not need to apply separately for travel grants for this event but should indicate on the registration form if they wish to be considered for a travel grant. Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizer who will notify all eligible participants. More information is available at EMBO Travel Grants' page.



Nicola Burgess-Brown





Research Complex at Harwell

R92 Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Harwell Oxford




Participants will be accommodated at:

The Cosener's House

15-16 Abbey Cl,


OX14 3JD

There will be a daily coach transfer from Abingdon to the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory campus.


The Research Complex at Harwell is located on the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory campus which has ‘bus/rail links (railway station at Didcot 6 miles away) to Oxford and Reading where there are frequent direct ‘bus connections to Heathrow and Gatwick airports. For further details see here.

About the Area

The venue for the course is the Research Complex at Harwell located on the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory campus which is 15 miles south of Oxford in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside.

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